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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and<br />
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and<br />
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and<br />
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and<br />
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and <br />
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and <br />
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and <br />
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and<br />
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth; <br />
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The WEP/GPO:<br />
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;<br />
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;<br />
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;<br />
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Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.<br />
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Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.<br />
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We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

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Public Comments (11,647)
Oct 16th, 2017
len m. from Waverly, OH writes:
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Repeal the WEP and GPO now. This law is so unfair to teachers who worked two jobs to keep a roof over their families heads and food on the table. Teachers don't make that much money. I needed to worked two jobs. Now that I'm retired I need all of my SS, I have to choose between food and medicine. NOT FAIR!! Why should I and others be punished for working two jobs!!!
Oct 14th, 2017
Someone from Carthage, MO writes:
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Please repeal WEP and GPO. Public workers are being penalized for work completed and for supporting a spouse who is now deceased. Pay us back for what is owed to us plus interest.
Oct 9th, 2017
Pam B. from Shawnee, KS writes:
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Watch SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY...on YOUTUBE video 10/3/17....asking for REPEALS OF WEP & GPO !!! It's time to fight!!!
Oct 2nd, 2017
Someone from Addison, IL writes:
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Public workers should be treated the same as private workers. I have my 40 quarters plus in for social security, but none are considered "substantial earnings" by the formulas used. The wep, and gpo hurt the lowest paid government pension workers the most. Women are especially affected as they often worked lower paid jobs that had hours to meet family needs. Now these women, because of a small trs retirement from substitute teaching, cannot receive any of their spouse's social security, and their own social security is very low. I am very close to poverty level because of the discriminatory wep/gpo. Repeal the wep/gpo for the discrimination against those receiving any kind of government pension.
Sep 30th, 2017
Someone from Sunbury, NC writes:
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Worked two jobs all my life to be punished for it. Pay everyone back pay plus interest for what you owe us.
Sep 14th, 2017
Greg M. from San Diego, CA writes:
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WEP punishes teachers just when America needs them.
Sep 12th, 2017
Someone from Mcdonough, GA writes:
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Please repeal the warp and gov offset, it reduced by SS from 1500 to 225. My pension is only for ten years, I worked in other jobs not gov. Jobs and paid into SS for 21 years, I have been robbed of my retirement and my ex who paid into SS for 30 years, and due yo Zhov offset, I cannot collect a spouse benefit. It has reduced me as a teacher yo poverty, while others my age 70, receive their gull benefits. So unfair. There has been bills to repeal this bill for over ten years, stop the pain and unfairness, to our elder citizens.Repeal it now 2017.
Sep 12th, 2017
Someone from Mcdonough, GA writes:
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Please repeal the warp and gov offset, it reduced by SS from 1500 to 225. My pension is only for ten years, I worked in other jobs not gov. Jobs and paid into SS for 21 years, I have been robbed of my retirement and my ex who paid into SS for 30 years, and due yo Zhov offset, I cannot collect a spouse benefit. It has reduced me as a teacher yo poverty, while others my age 70, receive their gull benefits. So unfair. There has been bills to repeal this bill for over ten years, stop the pain and unfairness, to our elder citizens.Repeal it now 2017.
Sep 10th, 2017
Someone from Willowbrook, IL signed.
Sep 5th, 2017
serena r. from Dallas, TX writes:
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To take funds from my SS is stealing. Government keeps 2/3 of what is mine. This is so unfair. This should be repealed entirely. My retirement is low. I need my SS.
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